Threat of swine flu break-out emerges in Finland

The influenza situation in southwest Finland is worrying, and the swine flu seems to be the dominant virus, said an infection doctor of the Turku University Hospital of Finland.

Esa Rintala, senior physician at the infection control unit of the Turku University, told Finnish national broadcaster Yle on Friday that a total of 24 influenza patients had visited the hospital since the epidemic in southwestern Finland started about two weeks ago.

Two of the patients have died, according to Rintala.

The physician did not explicitly say the two people died of swine flu, but he explained that they had been in good health and had not taken vaccinations. “Swine influenza typically strikes basically the healthy and can cause them to become seriously infected,” Rintala was quoted as saying.

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